Lisa Pasold

Improbable Walks - Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Halifax

Rivers tell stories. Paths of travel and connection. Forces of destruction and rebirth. Listen. What do we hear? Come walk into a site-specific story inspired by these particular places...

On October 7,  join poets Lisa Pasold & Ariel Gordon on a walk along the Assiniboine River. 

On October 21, join poets Mari-Lou Rowley & Lisa Pasold on a walk along the Saskatoon River. 

On October 28, join writers Nanci Lee, Gwen Davies & Lisa Pasold on a walk through the Commons.

WINNIPEG - Saturday, October 7, 15h – 16h30 - Meet at Bridge Motors Parking Lot, 20 Maryland Street

SASKATOON -Saturday, October 21, 15h - 16h30 - Meet at the parking lot beyond the entrance to Gabriel Dumont Park (715 Saskatchewan Crescent W)

Halifax - Saturday, October 28, 17h - 18h30 - meeting place tba

Cost: Free, but limited number of spaces available. Please register at

The walks go forward whatever the weather and last approximately 80 minutes.

Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg writer. Her second book, Stowaways (Palimpsest Press, 2014), won the 2015 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. She is currently writing creative non-fiction about Winnipeg’s urban forest, slated for publication in 2018 with Wolsak & Wynn, and co-editing an anthology of menstruation-lit with Tanis MacDonald and Rosanna Deerchild, due out with Frontenac House in 2018.

Mari-Lou Rowley is an eco-science poet and interdisciplinary adventurer. She has encountered a timber wolf, come between a black bear and her cub, interviewed an Italian astronaut, found over 44 four-leaf clovers, and published nine collections of poetry. Her most recent books are Unus Mundus (Anvil Press 2013) and Transforium (JackPine Press 2012) in collaboration with visual artist Tammy Lu. She is currently finishing a PhD in social media, neuro-phenomenology and empathy at the University of Saskatchewan.

Lisa Pasold has created site-specific walking stories in cities such as New Orleans, Paris, Saskatoon and Toronto. Her storytelling practice is an experience of place with the audience: moving through a landscape or walking down a street, to imagine together possible histories and lives of the specific place and its community. Lisa’s Any Bright Horse (Frontenac House, 2012), was shortlisted for the 2012 Governor General’s Award. Frontenac has just published her new book, The Riparian, “a love story and thirty tragedies, overheard on a piano dismantled, marooned, with the river washing through its exposed strings.”

Curious Minds Paris Lectures - the names & places!

 As requested, here is a list of the people & places I mention during my Hotdocs' Curious Minds series, "Learning From Paris"... Click on the heading above for the full entry, with names, book recommendations, and more.  I'll be updating this list as we go through the series. 

The Riparian is nearly here

My new book, The Riparian, is coming back from the printers... I am incredibly pleased with the cover--check it out below. The photograph & design are by Neil Petrunia. I can't wait to see it as a real solid book! I have never been very good at patience.

The book will be launched as part of the 2017 Frontenac House Quartet--I'm especially honoured to be reading in the company of writers Billy-Ray Belcourt, Vivian Hansen and Laurie MacFayden. Order a copy of the book here!

In Calgary on Sept 19 at the MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY (upstairs in the WordFest Space) at 7pm

And for people in Edmonton, we'll be launching the Quartet on Sept 20, at 7pm at Almanac on Whyte.

 "The Riparian is a dangerous shimmering chimeric space where “Things broken wash up.” “Did you expect,” a bartender asks, “a constant party here in the drowned city of the joyful damned?” Pasold strikes a meticulous balance between the hideous and the sublime: suddenly – among water rats, spit, semen, pubic hair, hurt dogs, and missing persons – there is  a sparrow, or a drag queen in a 70s movie poster rock star candy wig. This is a Trump-era epic, an x-ray of a city’s grit, shit,  and sorrow. It is a song with a love story and thirty tragedies, overheard on a piano “dismantled, marooned, / With the  river washing through its exposed strings.” ~ John Wall Barger, author of The Book of Festus.

Learning from Paris

I'm spending the summer in Paris, soaking up inspiration for my Curious Minds Morning Speaker series, "Learning from Paris", presented by Hotdocs in Toronto this fall. I'll be discussing what we can learn from 1,000 years of Paris art, food, and revolution.

The series starts September 18, at the excellently-renovated Hotdocs cinema on Bloor--which gives me an excuse to include some brief clips from my favourite Paris films (including a few minutes of "Paris Blues", where Sidney Poitier & Paul Newman stroll through the great Belly of Paris, Les Halles, in 1961.) For more info or to sign up for "Learning from Paris", click here.


Poem Reel #4

This is the fourth video in my Poem Reel series: each short video is a friend reading work in the world. This is Virginie Poitrasson reading an extract from "Le pas-comme-si des choses", in Paris.

Virginie Poitrasson, born in 1975, is a French writer, performer and translator. Published works: Il faut toujours garder en tête une formule magique (éditions de l’Attente, 2012), Journal d’une disparition (Ink #1, 2010), Nous sommes des dispositifs (La camera verde, 2009), Tendre les liens (, 2009), Demi-valeurs (éditions de l’Attente, 2008), Série ombragée (Propos2 éditions, 2006), Épisodes de la lueur (L'Atelier du Hanneton, 2004). Translations: First figure, Michael Palmer, with Éric Suchère (José Corti, 2011), Slowly, Lyn Hejinian (Format Américain, 2006). 


Improbable Walks this month

I am so glad the weather is improving in northern France! The sun has been shining for days... which is always inspiring for outdoor storytelling. My improbable walks are creative explorations--a fictional invention that takes you into a story I've written especially for a particular neighbourhood.

On Monday, April 24th at 18h30, I'll be leading a story telling walk in French near the Opera Garnier.  We'll focus on one amazing moment in August, 1869. 

Exceptionally, this story is free by donation. Join me for a drink at the end of the walk.

And I'll be in Reims the last weekend of April, doing a one-time-only walk (also in French) in the amazingly historic city of champagne. For either of these walks, please send me an email if you're interested in joining me... 

Mes promenades, et ma pratique de narration, sont des expériences non-touristiques: On se déplace dans une rue, ou dans un lieu, et nous imaginons ensemble une histoire et une vie. Mon récit, "Une bouteille d'encre noire", est une fiction créé spécialement pour cette promenade. Après notre promenade, dans un café, autour d'un pot amicale, nous discuterons les vrais détails historiques.

Le 24 avril, avec "Une bouteille d'encre noire," on commence dans une nuit de 1869...


Poem Reel # 3 - "Radial" by Jennifer K Dick

This is the third video in my Poem Reel series: each short video is a poet friend reading work out in the world. This is "Radial" by Jennifer K. Dick. She is reading in Paris. 

Jennifer is originally from Iowa and now teaches in Mulhouse, France. She is the author of Fluorescence (University of Georgia Press, 2004), Retina/Rétine (Estepa Editions, France, 2005—artist book with images by Kate Van Houten, translations by Rémi Bouthonnier), Enclosures (BlazeVox ebook, 2007), Betwixt (Corrput Press chapbook, 2012), Tracery (Dusie Kollectif, 2012), Circuits (Corrupt Press, 2013), Conversion (Estepa editions, 2013) et No Title (Estepa Editions, 2015). She co-hosts the IVY Writers series in Paris. Jennifer keeps a personal blog at

Onwards to Belarus!

One hundred years since the Russian Revolution...

I'm curious if there will be centennial celebrations in Belarus. I'm just getting my paperwork set for a brief trip to Minsk & Mogilev. I'll be looking for a good coffeehouse, of course, if you have any recommendations? And I hear rumours of Armenian brandy there, too. Excellent! Ну, давайте выпьем!


APAP 2017

Planning... In January, I'm going to be at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters' conference in NYC. I'll be promoting '33 (a kabarett) - a show that's recently become very topical, since '33 is about choosing to speak out against repression.

More info here.


On the Silk Road, Kyrgyzstan

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